Homemade Jam, Jelly and Marmalade

14 Jan

Apricot Zucchini Jam

Homemade Citrus Marmalade

Before the holiday my sister was hinting that she really thought I’d like her gift. As crafty as she is and knowing her disdain for the mall, I assumed handmade was on the agenda. But what…??


Handmade rice bags? No, that was me : )

Handmade play food made from felt? Is 27 too old to play with food?

Homemade jams and jellies? Don’t mind if I do!


Over the past few years I’ve watched as my sister has expanded her agricultural know-how from the standard tomato into the realm of eggplant, zucchini, corn and other assorted Pennsylvania friendly crops. She’s now growing a surplus of food, and is able to begin plans on starting a cooperative, giving local community members the opportunity to purchase monthly/weekly fresh fruits and veggies grown on their land.

“Not only can she make food grow, she also knows what to do with it once it arrives in the kitchen.”

I have to admit, I do not know all the details on how she comes up with some of her creations. I’ll assume it’s a mix of pure imagination, good taste buds and maybe a little help from the internet. What I do know is that Apricot Zucchini Jam could quite possibly be the most delicious bread topping I’ve ever ingested!

I can’t decide whether to ration myself and enjoy this one, or to up my daily toast intake so I can try the Citrus Marmalade or Lemon Zucchini Jam. Decisions, decisions…

How to Make Jelly at Home

2 Responses to “Homemade Jam, Jelly and Marmalade”

  1. DemyBlackDesign 15. Jan, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    I’m pretty sure that handmade jam is always more tasty than something you’ll buy in a store!

  2. admin 15. Jan, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Agreed. Smuckers has nothing on lemon zucchini jam straight from the garden!

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